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  • 5 Fidget Spinner Experiments You Won’t Believe Worked!

    Fidget SpinnersFidget spinners have instant appeal for kids and adults of all ages. Just pick one up, give it a spin, and you’re hooked!

    They’re so simple, yet so addicting. Fidgeters are quickly finding new ways to spin, stack, do tricks and collect these great new toys.

    You wouldn’t know by looking at them, but fidget spinners are also a STEM toy. People are using fidget spinners to tinker, invent and engineer new ways to play. Kids are learning physics concepts like friction, torque, and balance while using this battery- and screen-free toy!

    Check out these 5 awesome fidget spinner experiments:

    1. Ice Fidget Spinner.

    Slater Brown disassembles a fidget spinner and, using the center bearings, makes his own ice spinner. It takes a few tries to make a mold, but he gets an ice spinner spinning! That’s one cool experiment!

    2. Underwater Fidget Spinner.

    AlexGoPow puts his fidget spinner underwater for some interesting visual effects. Spinning it underwater doesn’t do much, but letting the moving spinner hit the water looks neat on camera. Hope it doesn’t rust!

    3. Fidget Spinner On Fire.

    IncredibleScience puts hand sanitizer on his fidget spinner and lights it on fire for a spinning light show. This entire video is full of impressive tricks and experiments, but the fire is at 5:00. This experiment is hot! (Note: This is dangerous and should be done with adult supervision only.)

    4. Chocolate Fidget Spinner.

    Skazzer melts up some chocolate Mini Eggs to make a delicious-looking fidget spinner that really works. Similar to the ice spinner, but this one’s edible. Sweet!

    5. Popsicle Sticks Fidget Spinner.

    Brains techKnowlogy makes DIY fidget spinners using popsicle sticks, a skateboard bearing, glue and some excellent geometry! Impressive hands-on math application.

    We love that fidget spinners are inspiring creativity, problem-solving and scientific exploration. Have fun, be safe and keep spinning!

    --Becki

  • 5 Crazy DIY Inventions to Make with the MaKey MaKey

    I was browsing the booths of the Learning Express Toys Vendor Expo, checking out new books, plush, outdoor toys, and much more, when I came across something that was not a toy at all—it was a banana. Actually, several bananas. The bananas were hooked up to wires connected to a laptop, and one of my colleagues was tapping the bananas to play a piano on the screen. Continue reading

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    Encouraging Educational Play at Home

    Every morning my two preschoolers ask me if it’s Tuesday. What’s so special about Tuesday, you ask—it’s the magical day of the week when both boys attend Science Camp at school. Since my boys absolutely love Science Camp, I wanted to share my appreciation with the program director. I explained to her how, in my experience, it has been easy to find soccer camps and music classes for my sons’ age groups, but difficult to find science programs that were fulfilling. Continue reading